Jong-Jin Kim

Title: Assistant Director-General

Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific

E-mail: [email protected]


Mr Jong-Jin Kim is the Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific since 1st July 2020.

Mr Kim, a national of the Republic of Korea, has a long and distinguished career in public service. He joined FAO in 2013 as Director of South-South Cooperation and Resource Mobilization Division (TCS) and immediately prior to his present appointment, he had been serving as FAO’s Deputy Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Just prior to joining FAO, Mr Kim served as the Deputy Minister for Trade at the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MIFAFF) in Republic of Korea, from 2010 to 2013. Indeed, he began his career at MIFAFF in 1982, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, in particular Assistant Director and Director of diverse Divisions, including the Food Policy Division, the Rural Development Division and the Agricultural Policy Division.

From 2003 to 2004, Mr Kim served as Secretary-General of the Presidential Commission for Agriculture and Rural Policies and, in the following year, was appointed Minister-Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was responsible for the World Trade Organization (WTO) agricultural affairs.

In 2008, Mr Kim was appointed Director-General of the International Cooperation Bureau at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). In this role, he served as the Republic of Korea’s Head of agricultural negotiations in the Doha Development Agenda of the World Trade Organization (WTO/DDA). In addition, he also led various Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with the United States, the European Union and other actors.

Mr Kim was awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Oklahoma State University in the United States, and holds a Bachelor of Economics from Korea University.


Opening remarks for the 80th Executive Committee Meeting for Animal Production and Health Commission for Asia and the Pacific (APHCA) | 3 December 2020

Members of the APHCA Executive Committee and guests – a very good day from wherever you are joining. On behalf of the Food and Agriculture Organization...

Opening remarks for Digital Agriculture Solutions Forum for Asia and the Pacific

Excellencies, partners and colleagues1. Let me extend to you, on behalf of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, a very warm welcome...

2020 Afghanistan Conference - Statement by Mr Jong-Jin Kim, FAO ADG/RR for Asia and the Pacific

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen First, let me welcome this initiative to bring together humanitarian, development and peace actors to support Afghanistan in building a stable, peaceful...

Message on occasion of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week | 18-24 November 2020

Partners and colleagues, the coronavirus and COVID-19 have presented serious health and livelihood challenges to people around the world and particularly in this Asia-Pacific region....

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